The Chicago Blackhawks are running out of gas as their season comes to an end. With just six games to go, there is a real possibility this team only wins one or two games. Today I wanted to talk about the rest of the season and talk about some predictions for the team.
The Blackhawks have just six games to go, and the wear and tear of a tough condensed season is showing.
The plan to make the playoffs is out the window, and with six games to go every matchup is against someone in the playoffs or competing for an opportunity to be there. This schedule was not going to be easy down the stretch, at least fans know already the team is not going to be in the playoffs.
While the Hawks might not be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet, they are basically there. The team would need a miracle to jump Nashville and Dallas who are currently at least six points ahead of them.
No one player can save this season, even if a Dylan Strome turnaround would be nice, and the emergence of the bash brothers has been exciting to watch. This team just does not have enough time anymore. Maybe if they were playing a full 82 this would be different.
So, with six games to go here are the matchups:
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Florida Panthers – 5/1
Carolina Hurricanes – 5/3
Carolina Hurricanes – 5/4
Carolina Hurricanes – 5/6
Dallas Stars – 5/9
Dallas Stars – 5/10
When I think about it, the Hawks really are going to have a tough time in all of these games. Florida and Carolina both want that top spot in the Central, and Carolina is going to be in good shape to win all three of these games.
The two games against Dallas feature a team that should be more desperate than Carolina. While the Hurricanes are still playing, Dallas is literally playing to get their ticket punched to the Stanley Cup Playoffs the year after they went to the final. I think they have a lot more to really show up for on the ice. While the Hurricanes can beat Chicago just on skill; the Stars should beat them on pure desperation as they could still be competing up until the final game for that fourth spot.
So in my eyes, I see the Hawks going maybe 1-5 down the stretch. Personally I think it would be a big accomplishment if the team finds a way to split those games and end the season with a 25-25-6 record, but that just seems to be out of the question.
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The Hawks start one of their final games tonight against the Florida Panthers!